1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

T., "Sonnet to Charlotte Smith, written on reading her Sonnets" Gentleman's Magazine 61 (November 1791) 1047.



Of thee, sweet plaintive Bard, o'er whose fair face
Fortune hath spread sickly tints of Grief,
Whilst Poesy, thy sorrows keen to chase,
In strains enchanting bring thee kind relief;
An emblem meet my search far-roving finds
Amid the infant spring's first-opening flowers;
The snow-drop trembles in the ruffling winds,
Droops its fair head, all wet with chilling showers.
Its simple form, in rudest season born,
More lovely far does seem to Fancy's eye:
How piteous then, this flower should bear the scorn
Of ev'ry surly storm that passes by!
How far more piteous surly storms should blow
'Gainst thee, whose song is echo to thy woe!
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